- Hardcover: 127 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (Jan. 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870112414
- ISBN-13: 978-0870112416
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Karate-do: My Way of Life Hardcover – Jan 1978
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About the Author
GICHIN FUNAKOSHI is world famous as one of Karate's great masters. Born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, in 1868, he studied Karate-do from childhood and organized the first public demonstrations.
He was trained in the Confucian classics and was a schoolteacher early in life. After training for decades under the foremost masters in Okinawa he was elected president of the Okinawa Association for the Spirit of Martial Arts.
He was chosen to demonstrate Karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo in 1922, which led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan and subsequently to the rest of the world. Among his writings are Karate-do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text, Karate-doKyohan: The Master Text, and Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi.
Master Gichin Funakoshi died in April 1957.
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On studying closely Karate-do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi we learn that Karate has changed so much since its introduction to Japan, that if our great projanitors were to see it practiced today it would be unrecognisable to them as Karate. This superb book gives us a unique snapshot at the old masters: Sokon Matsumura, Itosu and Azato. These truly hard man practised karate as a close quarter combat system designed specifically to protect their king. Kata was not a meaningless succession of movements for physical exercise or performance but rather each kata was a recording of a complete and utterly devastating fighting system. Moreover we discover that Gichin Funakoshi was adamantly against the stylisation of the art and was dismayed at his Karate being named Shotokan!
Karate Do My Way of Life is a superb book written by a genius of the art.Okay, it's not Orange Prize book award writing but we're Karateka and every karateka should read it and enjoy it.... NO! STUDY IT AND LEARN from it for what it is. It gives us all the clues on how we should be teaching this life-changing art and its not how the majority of schools do it today.
Overall a pleasant read but more importantly the key to how karate should be practiced is held within.
He was obviously a very clever man who really had a passion for his art. At an early age he developed a goal, a vision and a passion to learn all he could about karate from the then great masters of his time and present it to the world. He recounts several times in his life when he was confronted by would-be assailants and describes how he got out of the potentially lethal encounter, he does this in a very witty and often funny way.
Despite the book being very small and could be read by some perhaps in a day or so, it really is very interesting and worth reading several times, especially if you practice Karate. I think that it's the sort of book that should be given to new students on joining a Shotokan club.
It's just packed with gems of wisdom worth there weight in gold for successful living, even in today's manic society.
As in all the other positive reviews listed here already, Funakoshi's book is full of wisdom, inspiration and hope.
Do check out Clive Layton's "Training with Funakoshi" too, an excellent work from a different perspective not to mention Funakoshi's "The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate".
Ought to be on every Shotokan karate-ka's bookshelf!
In it, Master Funakoshi recalls all the important elements of his life from how and why he began studying Karate, to how he ended up spreading Karate around the world, and making more then his wieldest dreams come true. This really is a must have book for any serious Karateka (Karate Student) to have. There are also a few very good lessons to be learnt from this book that will prove to help any Karateka in the ways of the Empty Hand, and life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best translation of this book. The book it self is well written and must be read by any serious karateka, regardless of system. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lars
A good read and an insight into the thinking of the man responsible for spreading the word. A short book that you could easily read in a few hours but well worth itPublished 4 months ago by Not a Lot
This book is short but content rich. In it Funakoshi tells the story of his early life, of his beginning to study Karate and then his pursuit to expand it as an art. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kilt_monster
A must read for anyone considering or currently studying the art of Karate. Learn of its history, and spread throughout Japan and the rest of the world through the eyes of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Combiseries
Nice Read, essencial to all karatecas who want to know more about their artPublished 8 months ago by Joao Azevedo Oliveira